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I’ve been in an info sharing and teaching mood lately (just look here and here). Why? Let’s face it, while most of us enjoy holiday parties and gift giving, it can become overwhelming, stressful and expensive. What kind of joyful holiday season is that? Not a fun one… So today, I’m showing you to how decrease your holiday party stress levels while saving some dough with this Ricotta Prosciutto Cracker Appetizer recipe.
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. How is this appetizer going to help me enjoy this time of year AND save me money? First, just look at those mini bites of goodness. Are those not the best looking crackers you’ve ever seen?! 🙂
Aside from that… I’ve got answers, but let’s talk about what I used to do (and what most of us probably still do) that increases this holiday anxiety. I’ve already contributed appetizers and desserts for more holiday parties that I can count one one hand, and it gets expensive. What I’ve done in the past is stop by the bakery just before the event, spend at least $25 on whatever they had left that night, and usually ended up being late (apparently, I wasn’t the only one trying to snag what was left on the baker’s shelves!)
Now, I make an appetizer beforehand, which saves me time and money (score!) So how much time and money? This Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizer is a no-bake recipe, takes under 20 minutes to prepare and costs under $10. The creamy ricotta mixture creates a perfect balance with the prosciutto and honey drizzle. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, bring over a bottle of Chiaré Blanc De Blancs.
How is this possible!? For one, you have to be proactive, plain and simple. You also have to find your inner “frugal goddess” and find bargains, which is why I frequently shop at ALDI.
Let’s dive in, shall we?
It all starts with a quick mixture of ALDI Happy farms® Ricotta (only $1.89 for a 15 ounce tub!), garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
Then, using an offset spatula (this one is perfect for these types of small projects!), smear the ricotta mixture on each ALDI Savoritz® Sea Salt Cracker (get a whole box for $1.79!), so that each cracker is thinly covered.
This next part is hard for us prosciutto lovers :). Cut ALDI Specialty Select® Prosciutto (just $3.99 for three ounces!) into small triangles, enough for your 45 crackers. Roll each piece of prosciutto into a small cone-like shape and place one on top of each cracker (and try not to eat em’ as you go along…). Once all of your crackers are coated and topped with prosciutto, drizzle a small amount of ALDI Berryhill® Clover Honey (I recently bought 12 ounces worth for $4.99!) over each cracker. Hint: Put your honey in a separate jar or container and heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave if the honey is too thick.
Pretty simple, right? You’re welcome 🙂
Looking for more holiday recipe inspiration? Check out this Cheese Platter 101 Guide on the ALDI blog and be sure to join the holiday conversation with ALDI at their Facebook page and on Twitter.
Question: What do you do to save money and decompress during the holiday season? Share your thoughts with me below!
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Ricotta and Prosciutto Cracker Appetizer
Author: Nicole Cline
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 45 crackers
- 7 oz Happy farms® Ricotta Cheese
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1½ tsp olive oil
- 3 ounces Specialty Select® Prosciutto
- 1 box Savoritz® Salt Crackers (about 45 crackers)
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Berryhill® Clover Honey for drizzling
- In a small bowl, mix ricotta, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper together. Set aside.
- Cut prosciutto into triangles. The triangles should be small enough to top your crackers (see photos above).
- Using an off-set spatula, smear just enough of the ricotta mixture onto each cracker, until each cracker is thinly covered.
- Roll each prosciutto triangle into a small cone-like shape and place each on a ricotta coated cracker.
- Once all crackers are coated and topped with prosciutto, drizzle a small amount of honey over each. Serve immediately.
Serving size: 3 crackers Calories: 89 Fat: 5.2g Saturated fat: 1.9g Carbohydrates: 6.9g Sugar: 1.2g Sodium: 233.7mg Fiber: 0.2g Protein: 3.7g Cholesterol: 10.7mg